Battles Waged, Lasting Dreams: Aquino de Bragança – the man and his times
Author: Silvia Bragança
9789380739199 | PB | pp. 560 | 2011 | Goa 1556
Battles Waged, Lasting Dreams is a monograph on one of the foremost South Asian supporter of the African nationalistic cause.
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Aquino de Bragança was one of the foremost South Asian supporters of the African nationalist cause, fighting Portuguese colonialism in Mozambique and a string of other battles. “Perhaps one day the truth will be known,” Silvia Bragança said when her husband was killed in a mysterious plane crash in 1986.
Tracing his roots to Mapusa in Goa, Aquino was a man of many roles: professor, journalist, historian and a well-qualified spokesperson on African issues and the decolonisation process. He was also a bridge builder between the liberation struggles in various parts of Africa and beyond.
This tribute by his widow Silvia is the first attempt to comprehensively describe his life in English, so that a great son of Goa is not forgotten back home. An engineer and self-taught historian, Bragança (1918-86) was also director of the Eduardo Mondlane University’s Centre for African Studies, Maputo. He was one of the participants of the peace negotiations that led to the independence of the Portuguese colonies in Africa.
A passionate warrior — in his ideas and actions — fighting for the liberation of the victims of colonialism, he was injured by a letter bomb which killed the South African exiled sociologist Ruth First, in early 1982; In October 1986 Aquino de Bragança died in an airplane crash which also killed President Samora Machel, whose advisor he was.
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About the Editor
The author is the wife of Aquino de Bragança — a Goan physicist, journalist and diplomat who fought for the African nationalist cause.
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